Taking note of reports about littering in the Vande Bharat Express, Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw has directed administrators concerned to upgrade cleaning practices in these trains. Vaishnaw has emphasized on assuming the cleaning process in the same way as it is practiced in flights where an affiliate from the cleaning staff will move a garbage collection bag across the coach enquiring the passengers about the trash in the bag.
The minister on Saturday tweeted that the cleaning organization has been changed in the Vande Bharat trains and sought help from passengers. The minister tweeted a video showcasing a person collecting the refuse from the passengers in the coach of several Vande Bharat trains. “Cleaning system changed for #VandeBharat trains. Your cooperation is expected,” the subtitle read.
Various photos and videos viewing garbage like empty water bottles, plastic bags, food packets, and paper strewed in the train consume made the headlines. On Saturday, Indian Administrative Services (IAS) captain Awanish Sharan shared a photograph showing garbage scattered on the floor of a teacher on a Vande Bharat Express train. Many social media users urged the minister and the authorities concerned to take immediate action in the matter.
Earlier, there was the gossip of the recently-launched Secunderabad-Visakhapatnam Vande Bharat being littered through the trash. “Cleanliness is the act of keeping physically and your surroundings clean. Our motto of Swachch Rail-Swachch Bharat cannot be fulfilled with comportment. Cooperate with Railways to serve you better. Don’t be unpleasant. Stop the litter,” Divisional Railway Director Anup Satpathy, Waltair Division, told ANI following the incident.